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Painting Challenge #4: Repetition + Rhythm

Painting Challenge #4 in a series.

Theme: Repetition + Rhythm

Artist Studied: Bridget Riley

My Final Piece: “On The Wind” – a study in repetition + rhythmWeek4-deb-FinalThis is challenge #4 in a 7 Week Painting Challenge I’m participating in. For inspiration we studied the work of artist Bridget Riley. We were tasked with choosing one of her paintings and developing a response that was IN CONTRAST to her style of work, while maintaining the feeling of rhythm and repetition. The inspiration piece was very structured with clean, crisp edges and bold colour. You can see it here and also read more about who Bridget Riley is. My work in response creates rhythm and repetition in a calm, floating style without a lot of complex colour relationships.

Some Close-Ups: ART-Week4Challenge-Final-CloseUps-v2 3 ART-Week4Challenge-Final-CloseUps-v2 1ART-Week4Challenge-Final-CloseUps-v2 4

As I was working on this piece it reminded me of some lyrics in a favourite song of mine. In “Road To Hell”, Chris Rea sings: “… It’s all just bits of paper flying away from you”.
I’ve always loved these lyrics and the multiple meanings and images they create in my mind. (You can read all lyrics to the song here).


© deb davies thorkelson     |      december 2nd, 2014

“On The Wind” – a study of repetition + rhythm

15″ x 22.5″ mixed media on watercolour paper:
watercolour, acrylic, graphite, and black & white Conte chalk – there aren’t any “bits of paper” attached, it is all drawing and painting.

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This piece inspired a series of paintings where I juxtapose blocks of colour to depict movement and explore colour contrasts. They can be seen elsewhere on this site.

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  1. I love this one too, Deb. I especially like the way you gave the painting a sense of motion as if each piece is seeking a place to settle, everything is falling into place. It can be seen as disassembling as well depending on the viewer perspective.

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    • Thank you – great comment. As I was coming into the homestretch on how this was going to turn out I thought about some lyrics in a favourite song of mine – I think I’ll add this quote to the post… “In Road To Hell” by Chris Rea he sings “… It’s all just bits of paper flying away from you”. I’ve always loved those lyrics and the multiple meanings and images they create. Thank you again. – Deb

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